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Books on Wellness

Chocolate Storytime selected these picture books to support the 2022 Black History Month theme, Black Health and Wellness. These stories will encourage readers to practice gratitude, love themselves, eat right, move more, and focus on wellness during stressful times. For more on the origin of Black History Month and the theme, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Continue reading Books on Wellness

Black History Month 2022

2022 Black History Month Theme: Black Health and Wellness The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black … Continue reading Black History Month 2022

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Honoring Women’s Right to Vote, Lifting as We Climb

Today, the kids took part in selecting and voting for the stories we read.  The consensus was Hair, It’s a Family Affair by Mylo Freeman and Look Up by Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapa Adeola.  Our book of the day was The Day You Begin by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner, Rafael Lopez.  The book is … Continue reading Honoring Women’s Right to Vote, Lifting as We Climb

Laura Farber Visits Chocolate Storytime

The 2020 Tournament of Roses president, Laura Farber was our special guest at Chocolate Storytime. She is the first Latina and third woman president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation. Farber shared the Rose Parade theme, “The Power of Hope” and brought a poster to spoke about all of the special meanings behind each letter’s graphic in the word, hope. She shared about her story of … Continue reading Laura Farber Visits Chocolate Storytime

JPL’s Tracy Drain Talks About Jupiter For Women’s History Month

On Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4pm, Tracy Drain was the special guest reader at Chocolate Storytime.  She is a Flight Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, and the Deputy Chief Engineer for the JUNO mission, which arrived at Jupiter in June 2016. In her 18 years at JPL, she has participated in the development and operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (a science/relay … Continue reading JPL’s Tracy Drain Talks About Jupiter For Women’s History Month

Celebrating 5th Year Anniversary with Miss Black Pasadena 2019

Miss Black Pasadena 2019, Eryn Pollard, was the special guest reader at February’s Chocolate Storytime. Pollard is a 17-year old junior at California School of the Arts. She read “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers and “Maggie Sinclair, Willi You Please Fix Your Hair?” by Hilary Grant Dixon. Guests began the afternoon with the singing of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” accompanied … Continue reading Celebrating 5th Year Anniversary with Miss Black Pasadena 2019

4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

February is Black History Month and Chocolate Storytime’s 4th anniversary.  So this time of year is very special.  During this special month, Chocolate Storytime partners with the City of Pasadena Community Services Department supervisor, Jarvis Emerson, who recommends the special guest from the Black History Celebration Planning Committee. It was a multigenerational storytime at La Pintoresca Branch Library.  Chocolate Storytime opened up with “Lift Ev’ry … Continue reading 4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

Holiday Hair

The holidays are here and we wanted kids to embrace and value their naturally kinky, curly, and coily tresses, so we read stories all about hair! A panelist of moms shared anecdotes promoting healthy hair-esteem and some of their hair styling and detangling routines. Visitors received the guide, “Decode Your Coils,” which includes various hair typing systems that are useful when matching products with hair … Continue reading Holiday Hair